Many of us are getting ready to put our fantasy teams together while some are tinkering with their keeper teams to make them better. There are a lot of players that simply must be chosen if you can but, a lot of the times, those players that we covet are unavailable by the time we get to pick. With the clock running, you need to have an alternative plan in place. You might miss out on the elite player but that doesn’t mean that you are doomed to have a dud. Here is a list of players that you might want to consider should you find yourself scrambling for a productive pick.
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The quarterback is one of the more critical positions in football and it is no different in fantasy football. For the past several years, fantasy players have swooned over the likes of Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers while Matt Ryan, Philip Rivers, and Ben Roethlisberger have garnered a lot of love. What do you do when you are trying to draft a quarterback and those guys are off the board? Well, guys like Kirk Cousins, Matt Stafford, and Andrew Luck have been pretty good producers.
There are a few other budding quarterbacks that are going to be popular fantasy picks this year. Dak Prescott, Derek Carr, and Jameis Winston are three young guns that can be expected to be even better than last year. Let’s look at a few other good quarterbacks that you might not otherwise consider.
The veteran Giants quarterback’s stock has dropped a bit in the past couple of years and is seen as a second-rate player compared to some of his counterparts. He doesn’t really get the respect he deserves despite not missing a game in 12 straight seasons, winning a couple Super Bowls, and consistently putting up over 4,000 yards and a bunch of touchdowns.
With Odell Beckham and the newly acquired Brandon Marshall to throw to, Eli has some pretty good options. Add Sterling Shepard and quite possibly Evan Engram to the mix and there’s a very good possibility that Eli eclipses 4,000 yards once again. He might even crack the 30 TD mark.
This guy is looking to keep improving and he has the weapons to do so. Rishard Matthews, Corey Davis, Eric Decker, and tight end Delanie Walker are reliable targets. He’s coming off a season in which he threw for nearly 3,500 yards and 26 touchdowns while tossing 9 picks. He plays behind a respectable line and has the ability to scramble for modest gains. Fantasy managers might not get 4,000 yards out of him but they might get 30 touchdowns.
Cam Newton had a very rough 2016 season in which he passed for 3,509 yards and tossed 19 TDs against 14 interceptions. That’s a significant drop from the 3,817 yards, 35 touchdown, and 10 interceptions in 2015. This year he is healthy, has a decent set of receivers, and a favorable schedule. 4,000 passing yards and 30 touchdowns is not out of reach. Don’t forget about those 500 rushing yards and a handful of rushing TDs.
If All Else Fails – Blake Bortles
If things get desperate then you might want to consider this guy who had a pretty rough 2016 and is out to prove something as his contract nears its end. Consider that he threw 35 TD passes against 18 interceptions while racking up 4,428 yards in 2015. Also, consider that the Jags are mildly better this year and a bounce back season isn’t out of the question for Bortles. It’s not outside the realm of possibility that the 4th-year quarterback gets you over 4,000 yards and 30 TDs. You just better pray that he doesn’t get picked off as much.
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